As some of you already know, I am passionate about cooking and eating healthy foods. Since I am taking the summer off from teaching art I will be posting about the art of cooking instead. Each week we receive a share from the Good Food Collective, our local CSA (that stands for Community Supported Agriculture). Each week I will share my recipes with you.
As I understand it, the community pools together to support the farmers in the winter/spring when they need the resources. Then the community is rewarded in the summer when the crops are harvested. Our CSA shares only organic and IPM produce with the community. IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management and is defined by the US government as:
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Some practices for preventing pest damage may include using mechanical trapping devices, natural predators (e.g., insects that eat other insects), insect growth regulators, mating disruption substances (pheromones), and if necessary, chemical pesticides. The use of biological pesticides is an important component of IPM.
In last weeks Thursday share we received:
Next up: Grilled Beets!